Both medalists hit the road in State Amateur Golf Championship match play
Portsmouth Country Club’s Joe Cooper and Nashua Country Club’s James Pleat, the tournament’s co-medalists after two rounds of stroke play, were each upset on the first day of match play.
Godbout, 17, needed to win a three-hole playoff Tuesday night to reach match play. He was 3-up after three holes and said he played the 14 holes in 2-under par.
“I felt like I might surprise him. I just wanted to play my best. I did just that and ended up beating him.”
Arvanitis, a Manchester resident who won this tournament in 2001, moved on by beating Stonebridge Country Club’s Dylan Evans, 4 and 3. Arvanitis had to recover from a poor start that left him 2-down after four holes.
The other past champions who advanced are Nashua Country Club’s Phil Pleat — James’ father — (1981, 1985 and 1997), Portsmouth Country Club’s Craig Steckowych (1990 and 1998), Canterbury Woods Country Club’s Jim Cilley (2011) and Atkinson Resort & Country Club’s Joe Leavitt (2012).
“You’d be hard-pressed to find another time when the one and the two lost on the first day of match play,” Larrivee said. “It’s one day at a time at this point.”
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